http://www.pistonheads.com/lotus/europa/ a good place to start whilst I edit my own version
Larger and more comfortable than the Lotus Elise and Exige model ranges, the Europa S is designed as a luxury two-seater Grand Tourer (GT) and is equipped with leather seats and satellite-navigation. The Europa S has a bigger boot to increase its touring credentials, and Lotus is hoping to appeal to more customers by making the car more user-friendly than its other offerings. This includes lower door sills to make it easier to get in and out of, as well as increased cabin space.
Despite the extra refinement in the Europa S, its performance is still pretty impressive, with its 197bhp GM sourced turbo charged 1998cc engine able to propel the car from 0 to 60mph in just 5.6sec and on to a top speed of 143mph.
Independent magazine reviews written at launch time generally
praised the Europa S for it's handling and dynamics in general, but were critical
of the it's 'GT' ability when compared to the Porsche Boxster, Audi TT or BMW
Z4. As a result of this 'criticism' Lotus released an interior upgrade kit to
make the cabin more luxurious and a performance kit adding an additional 25bhp
and 22lb ft.
At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show Lotus launched the Europa SE. The
SE varient utilises the performance kit available for the base model and has
newly designed 17"/18" wheels front and rear, high performance AP
Racing four pot brakes and larger (308 mm) diameter discs. The interior is completely
finished in leather.
Please see below for the Europa S' statistics. Please note that the source of the performance data is sometimes official Lotus Cars data and sometimes independent magazine review data.
|Name||Production Years||Max. Power bhp||Max. Torque lb.ft||Top Speed mph||0-60mph sec||Comment|
|Europa S||2006-||197@5400rpm||200@5000rpm||143||5.6s||GT vehicle???|
|Europa S + Performance kit||2007-||222@5400rpm||222@5000rpm||147||4.9s||Performance kit.|
|Europa SE||2008-||222@5400rpm||222@5000rpm||155||4.9s||Performance kit, Luxury pack, larger alloys and brakes.|
Author: Peter Maeers